Top 4 Illnesses Transmitted By Rats in Singapore

Rats infestation

If you are facing a rodent problem in your landed property or business premises, start looking for rat pest control Singapore services before anyone’s health is in danger.

While rats can cause structural damage to our homes and businesses, they can also pose a threat to our health. This is a more serious consequence of having their presence in your area. Especially for businesses, when that happens, it can negatively impact your reputation.

What’s worse – this rodent problem is growing. According to the National Environment Agency (NEA), more than 35,00 rat burrows were found in 2014.


If you happened to have come into contact with rats, you may be at risk of being infected by the diseases they carry. Take a look at some of the rat-borne diseases that rodents can spread without you knowing:

Rat-bite fever

This is a result of any bites and scratches caused by rats. You will begin to experience a rash but by the time the symptoms of this illness start appearing, the rodent bite or scratch may have already healed. This makes it harder for you to identify what caused your ailments until you have visited a doctor.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is a severe, sometimes fatal, respiratory disease in humans caused by infection with hantaviruses. Since some of the symptoms of this disease include fever, fatigue and muscle aches experienced in the thighs, hips and backs, it can be easily mistaken for the common flu.


While there are other sources where the infection may have come from such as uncooked meat, the Salmonella infection can also be caused by the consumption of food and water contaminated by rats. The symptoms are stomach-related which includes abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea, and it may take a period of time before your bowel movements function normally again.

Lymphocytic choriomeningitis

Transmitted through the urine, saliva, droppings and nesting materials from rats, Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV). Even coming into contact with a dead rat can expose you to the LCMV virus. This is commonly recognized as a neurological disease, causing permanent damage to the nervous system if not treated properly.


While poisoning them through the use of baits may work, the improper disposal of dead rats may still make it possible for such diseases to spread. Just its presence can put anyone in danger of contracting a rat-borne disease. This makes it crucial to protect yourself from contamination caused by rats, which is why when you spot one, you can turn to some natural home remedies to prevent more from entering your premises. For example, you can use scents that rats dislike such as peppermint oils and ammonia. As rodents have a heightened sense of smell, this can deter them from a distance away.

However, these only deter them, not get rid of them. Locating the entry holes giving the rats access to your place and sealing them can stop them from coming in. When the infestation has become widespread and too much for you to handle, that is where professional pest control can help you. This is often why most experts would recommend that calling in professional help early can be critical in stopping the problem before it grows too big. Do something before it is too late when these rats have become an unavoidable health hazard to the people around you.


Here at PestBusters, we have grown to become one of the most trusted names in the business through its commitment to develop the skills and potential of each and every member of its associates. As Asia’s leading pest management company, we have helped many homes and businesses with our advanced tactics and know-how to completely eradicate their premises of rats and more.

To safeguard your home and business from any of the rat-borne diseases, give us a call today to find out more!